Lake Area Team Rankings: Week 2

Division 1

  1. East Kentwood  1-0
  2. Rockford  0-1
  3. Grandville  1-0
  4. Hudsonville  1-0
  5. Grand Haven  1-0

Division 2

  1. Mona Shores  1-0
  2. Caledonia  1-0
  3. Portage Central  1-0
  4. Traverse City Central  1-0
  5. Muskegon Reeths-Puffer  1-0
  6. Kalamazoo Loy-Norrix  1-0
  7. Portage Northern  0-1
  8. Forest Hills Central  0-1
  9. Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills  0-1
  10. Wyoming  0-1

Division 3

  1. Muskegon  0-1
  2. Lowell  0-1
  3. Grand Rapids Christian  1-0
  4. Forest Hills Northern  1-0
  5. East Grand Rapids  1-0
  6. Petoskey 1-0
  7. Gaylord  1-0
  8. Stevensville Lakeshore  1-0
  9. Cedar Springs  0-1
  10. Byron Center  1-0

Division 4

  1. Zeeland West  1-0
  2. Comstock Park  1-0
  3. Grand Rapids South Christian  0-1
  4. Grand Rapids Catholic Central  0-1
  5. Paw Paw  1-0
  6. Edwardsburg  1-0
  7. Plainwell  1-0
  8. Hudsonville Unity Christian  1-0
  9. Coopersville 1-0
  10. Forest Hills Eastern  1-0

Division 5

  1. Muskegon Oakridge  1-0
  2. Grand Rapids West Catholic  0-1
  3. Hopkins  1-0
  4. Big Rapids  1-0
  5. Berrien Springs  1-0
  6. Montague  1-0
  7. Reed City  1-0
  8. Grayling  1-0
  9. Buchanan  1-0
  10. Grant  1-0

Division 6

  1. Boyne City  1-0
  2. Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian  1-0
  3. Ravenna  1-0
  4. Montague  1-0
  5. Schoolcraft  1-0
  6. Charlevoix  1-0
  7. Constantine  0-1
  8. Watervliet  1-0
  9. Fennville  1-0
  10. Pine River  1-0

Division 7

  1. Traverse City St. Francis  1-0
  2. Saugatuck  1-0
  3. North Muskegon  1-0
  4. Decatur  1-0
  5. Gobles  1-0
  6. McBain  1-0
  7. Maple City Glen Lake  1-0
  8. Hesperia  1-0
  9. Cassopolis  1-0
  10. Bridgman  1-0

Division 8

  1. Muskegon Catholic Central  0-1
  2. Johannesburg-Lewiston  1-0
  3. Onekama  1-0
  4. Frankfort  0-1
  5. Fife Lake Forest Area  1-0

Lake Area Honors: Week 1

Lake Area Offensive Player of the Week

James Cooper  6-3  170  Sr  WR  Muskegon Oakridge: No receiver in Lake Area history caught more TDs in a game than Cooper’s six from junior QB Brady Luttrell in Oakridge’s statement defeat of Muskegon Catholic Central. At 6-3 he created a matchup problem that Oakridge exploited relentlessly, as Cooper’s six scores of six, four, 24, three, 27 and 30 yards, were one off the state record. The Lake Area record of five was shared by Johannesburg-Lewiston’s Nelson David in 1999, Ottawa Hills’ Sergio Pinto in 2000 and Kalamazoo Christian’s Joel Lindner in 2007. Cooper finished with 10 catches for 130 yards as Oakridge’s 45-26 triumph ended Catholic Central’s 26-game winning streak.

Lake Area Defensive Players of the Week

Kobe Burse  6-2  190  Sr  DB/WR & Hunter Broersma  6-1  180  Sr  DB/WR  Mona Shores: They each had more defensive TDs individually than West Ottawa’s offense could mount in totum as the Sailors rolled 55-0. Burse recovered a fumble and Broersma returned a pick 91 yards for a TD. They also did it on offense, with Burse catching and Broersma running for a score. Both players are committed to the MAC, Burse to Miami and Broersma to Western Michigan.

Lake Area Northern Michigan Player of the Week

Jared McLean  5-9  170  Jr  RB/DB  Charlevoix: He’d already had what many would consider a good day when he brought back Elk Rapids’ opening kick for an 85-yard TD. But that wasn’t even his longest score. That came on a 93-yard run, one of five rushing touchdowns as McLean carried the ball just 10 times for 298 yards. He also made 10 tackles as  Charlevoix beat the Elks 53-30.

Lake Area Small School Player of the Week

Spencer Peterson  6-5  225  Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian: He had some strong competition from another QB, Saugatuck junior Blake Dunn, but it’s tough to ignore the tying of a state record. That came when Peterson ran for five first-quarter touchdowns against Hamtramck in the opening game of the Gridiron Classic at Grand Valley State. He added another, his longest of the afternoon 37 yards, in the second quarter. He ran 18 times for 189 yards in NorthPointe’s 55-20 win. Peterson becomes the fifth player in state history to score five times in a quarter and the third from the Lake Area. Mona Shores’ Lawrence Kimble did it against Zeeland East in 2005 as did Johannesburg-Lewiston’s Marcus Ewing against Bellaire in 1999.

Lake Area Coach of the Week

John Shillito, Zeeland West: The resume speaks for itself. Shillito has already been in the state football coaches’ hall of fame for a decade and won 240 games and three state titles. West’s 42-34 defeat of Oak Park in the Gridiron Classic was yet another impressive victory. The Dux’ wing-T moved the ball at will in the first half, scoring on every possession. Oak Park has a state championship coach of its own, Greg Carter, and the Knights, their roster heavy on FBS recruits, came out with a five-man front in the second half. That slowed down a bit an all-new offensive line. Until Shillito began to exploit what emerged as the strength of that group, 6-4, 235 senior Zach VanValkenburg at right tackle and 6-3, 250 junior tight end Connor Chupailo. VanValkenburg is a three-year defensive starter but a newcomer to offense and Chupailo was making his first career start. West ran not just off tackle, but sprung some big gains around Chupailo as well as the clinched the game in the fourth quarter.

Lake Michigan Prospect Watch: Week 1

Class of 2016

Christian Boyd  6-2  270  Sr  DL  Muskegon Mona Shores: Defensive MVP of the LMFR’s spring combine and the top 2016 prospect in the Lake Area without an FBS offer … which is kind of hard to believe if you saw him in last season’s D2 state final. Boyd is explosive off the grass, has violent hands, second and third effort and uses that bubble butt to generate power. Consistent effort instead of flashes this season will be key. While undersized for tackle, at only 16 with the season starting, his best football is ahead of him.

Tyler Lamica  6-3  205  Sr  LB  Grand Rapids Christian: He closed 2014 with a flourish, 16 tackles against St. Johns in the Division 3 playoffs. As an outside linebacker Lamica had five sacks and recovered two fumbles as a junior. He’s quick and fluid, but you can expect to find more helmets on him this season as he’s GR Christian’s leading returning tackler. There need to be 15-20 more pounds between now and the first practice at whatever college campus he finds himself.  Lamica and his Eagles teammates won’t lack for ample chances at quality video, their schedule is among the state’s toughest with South Christian, Muskegon, Hudsonville and Zeeland East in addition to the always rugged league slate that includes Lowell, Caledonia and East Grand Rapids.

Brent Murray  5-11  195  Sr  RB/LB  Petoskey: The Northmen are the favorite in the Big North and feature the league’s most talented backfield, with fullback Murray having run for 1,300 yards and 22 TDs in 2014; senior Garrett Lundteigen is a big-play threat (he had the Northmen’s only TD in their playoff loss to Muskegon); and 6-3, 210 senior QB Evan Whitmore has the athleticism and intangibles to play somewhere in college even if not under center. Murray tested as the strongest player at the LMFR’s combine last March in Grand Rapids, and then caught the ball well at the LMFR’s Traverse City camp in May.

Spencer Peterson  6-5  225  Sr  QB  Grand Rapids NorthPointe: The last time we saw Peterson in pads it was in 2013 for Forest Hills Northern in a one-point Division 3 district final loss to Grand Rapids Christian. He could end up one of the Lake Area’s fastest rising prospects if he produces after a year off with his transfer from Forest Hills Northern. Supply and demand are on Peterson’s side because the 2016 class lacks big pocket passers other than he and Holland’s 6-6, 205 Wade Buckman. Peterson has the better arm and is a good athlete — he could be a small college basketball player if not a scholarship QB. As a sophomore he completed 34-of-84 passes for 631 yards and 6 TDs. Another transfer QB who set out last year and is poised for a big season is 6-1, 190 senior Lucas Fotis of Grand Rapids Christian.

Ian VandenBerg  6-1  190  Sr  ATH  Paw Paw: As good as Paw Paw QB Jay Doll was, it’s not like he ws getting the ball to chumps. VandenBerg has one of the most impressive combinations of speed and power in the Lake Area, a threat as a runner or receiver. The proof is ink, he holds school records with a 99-yard TD and both the 100 and 200 meter dashes in the spring. And he’s one of the most recruit-able players, with 4.5 speed and a 4.0 gpa.

Michael Williams  5-8  170  Sr  ATH  Wyoming: Even on a 1-8 team Williams’ talent stood out. Put him at, say, Zeeland West and he’d be a 1,500 yard, 30 TD running back. He’s one of the Lake Area’s fastest players with 4.4 speed, then adds to the package with a 36″ vertical. He was a major YAC threat as a junior with 47 catches for 900 yards and eight TDs. He was also Wyoming’s top defensive player as a strong safety/outside linebacker.

Class of 2017

John Pupel  6-1  180  Jr  ATH  Traverse City Central: A possible “three-way” player for TC Central as he’ll share time at QB with senior Reagan Cotton, play running back when he’s not, and his college position is at safety. Pupel was outstanding at the LMFR’s Northern Michigan exposure camp, when he ran a 4.68 second 40 and 4.28 second pro agility.

Preseason All-Lake Area Defense

DL Corey Malone Hatcher  6-3  245  Jr  St. Joseph: The Lake Area’s No. 1 prospect in the 2017 class, recruited as a defensive end but has also starred at middle line backer for St. Joe. He has over a dozen offers, including Alabama, MSU, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Penn State and UM.

DL Christian Boyd  6-3  285  Sr  Muskegon Mona Shores: A three-year starter and probably the top performer for the Sailors in last year’s state final. Boyd was Defensive MVP at the LMFR spring combine and could be one of as many as five FBS recruits in Mona’s senior class.

DL  Carl Myers  6-3  250  Sr  Grand Rapids West Catholic: Has any team had a better run on defensive linemen than West Catholic with Dan Green, Mitchell Stanitzek and Bryce Witham? All are different players, Myers an interior brawler who has started on consecutive state championship teams. He’s a two-way starter and state champion shot putter.

DL Johnathan Berghorst  6-3  255  Jr  Zeeland East: Slowed by injury last fall, showed just how good he was on the camp circuit. Added size and strength have turned Berghorst from a MAC defensive end recruit to a likely Big Ten tackle prospect. He has offers from Illinois and WMU.

LB Zack VanValkenburg  6-4  235  Sr  Zeeland West: He’ll be a third-year starter and the Dux are 25-2 in that time. He switched from D end as an underclassman to middle linebacker in 2014 and made 97 tackles. The Ivy League recruit will also start at offensive tackle.

LB Dom Shermeta  6-0  215  Sr  Muskegon Mona Shores: He was the leading tackler for the Division 3 state runner-up. He’s put on 10 pounds since then, and will also start at running back for the Sailors.

LB Luke Sage  6-0  185  Sr  Boyne City: He was the defensive leader for the Division 6 semifinalists Ramblers. Sage had 142 tackles, including 10 sacks, two interceptions and four fumble recoveries.

DB Jamari Booker  6-0  175  Sr  East Kentwood: Strong safety who can also play outside linebacker in a Falcons’ defense that favors speed over size. He had 72 tackles including four sacks as a junior and ran a 4.6 40 at the LMFR’s spring combine.

DB Tyler Bradfield  6-0  190  Jr  Rockford: He led Rockford with 81 tackles. A versatile, athletic playmaker who also had two picks, blocked a kick and returned a fumble for a TD. Ran a 4.6 40 at the LMFR spring combine.

DB Dante Razzano  6-2  190  Sr  Edwardsburg: He made five picks at cornerback in 2014. Razzano is also one of the Lake Area’s top QBs with 1,230 yards total offense and 23 TDs.

DB Marlon Dorsey  6-1  165  Sr  East Kentwood: Cornerback had what would have been a good season for many in just the 2014 regional final with three picks against Hudsonville. He had 65 tackles and five interceptions for the year.

Second Team

  • DL Gabe Bauman  6-3  245  Sr  Rockford
  • DL Nate Umlor  6-6  240  Jr  Allendale
  • DL Taylor Woodwyk  6-2  250  Sr  Hudsonville
  • DL Jon Pierre Nkolo  6-3  220  Sr  East Kentwood
  • LB Michael Holdship  6-0  215  Sr  Cadillac
  • LB Nate Jones  6-0  200  Sr  Muskegon Catholic Central
  • LB Terrion Hill-McKay  6-1  205  Sr  Muskegon
  • LB Evan Plate  6-3  220  Jr  Greenville
  • DB Kobe Burse  6-2  190  Sr  Muskegon Mona Shores
  • DB Darece Robertson  5-10  160  Jr  Muskegon Mona Shores
  • DB Keyante Carpenter  5-9  175  Sr  Muskegon

Preseason All-Lake Area Offense

Jacob Cerny is headed from the Big North to the Big Ten.

Traverse City West senior tackle Jacob Cerny will be headed from the Big North to the Big Ten.

OL Jacob Cerny  6-5  290  Sr  Traverse City West: TC West may have lost one Big Ten tackle, MSU pledge Thiyo Lukusa, for his senior season to New Jersey, but returns another Big Ten tackle in Cerny, who recently committed to Illinois.

OL Michael VanHoeven  6-5  305  Sr  Paw Paw: He’s a two-time all-conference guard for the Redskins and was Offensive MVP of the LMFR’s spring combine. VanHoeven has committed to EMU.

OL Derices Brown  6-2  275  Sr  Muskegon: He’s started at guard for two straight state finalist teams. Also a productive defensive tackle.

OL Trenton Fincher  6-8  315  Sr  East Kentwood: EK will be looking for a leader on the O Line with center John Keenoy matriculating to WMU. Fincher has an offer from EMU and recently visited Wisconsin.

OL Kyle Augustine  6-3  315  Sr  Gaylord: The Big North is an offensive line hotbed, and here’s another prospect. Augustine has been a stalwart in the resurgence of the Blue Devils’ program under Will Cleaver. He’s a big-time run blocker at right tackle.

QB Jake Martin  5-11  175  Sr  Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern: He led the Huskies to the playoffs in 2014, and they look to get past their Cedar Springs bane in 2015. Martin completed 90-of-131 passes for 1,289 and 10 TDs while rushing 122 times for 917 yards and 12 TDs. He’s also a standout in the defensive backfield.

RB Monterio Smith  5-10  175  Sr  Comstock Park: He got stronger as his junior season went on and finished having rushed 105 times for 1,140 yards and 12 TDs. Smith also caught 4 TD passes.

RB Nolan Meekhof  6-1  220  Sr  Grandville: One of the top all-around football athletes in the Lake Area. He missed the first three games last season with a hamstring injury but closed strong to finish the season with 145 carries for 984 yards and eight TDs.

TE Keegan Cossou  6-5  220  Jr  Greenville: He caught six TDs last season. Also a standout on the defensive line. Cossou has offers from CMU and Toledo.

WR Gabe Steed  6-1  175  Sr  Lowell: He’s been making big plays for the Red Arrows since he was called up late in his sophomore season. In his first year as a full-time varsity starter Steed caught 34 passes for 818 yards and 10 TDs. He also scored TDs on interception and kickoff returns.

WR Hunter Broersma  6-1  180  Sr  Muskegon Mona Shores: He missed Mona Shores’ 2014 state final because of an illness, and the Sailors certainly missed his game-breaking athleticism on defense, offense and special teams. He scored seven TDs last season and made five interceptions. He’s committed to WMU.

Second Team Offense

  • OL Juanye Johnson  6-4  275  Sr  Muskegon
  • OL Mike Bordeaux  6-3  255  Sr  Muskegon Mona Shores
  • OL Karson Murley  6-1  280  Sr  Lowell
  • OL Jake Boonstra  6-3  285  Sr  Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills
  • OL Ben Sherwin  6-5  240  Jr  Traverse City Central
  • QB Pat Naughton  6-2  190  Sr  Comstock Park
  • RB Brent Murray  5-11  195  Sr  Petoskey
  • RB Ian VandenBerg  6-1  185  Sr  Paw Paw
  • TE Sam Matthews  6-2  180  Sr  East Grand Rapids
  • WR Daryn Snow  6-3  190  Sr  Portage Northern
  • WR Adam Farah  6-1  165  Sr  Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern

Northern Michigan Exposure All-Camp Team

The Lake Michigan Football Report’s Northern Michigan Exposure Camp in the past two seasons saw prospects like David Walker (Harbor Springs/Harvard) and Traverse City West’s Jacob Cerny, who has MAC and Illinois offers, show out and begin their ascent to become highly coveted prospects. While there may not have been any singular player with that kind of talent at the 2015 workout in Traverse City, there were numerous future college players competing on Thirlby Field under the eyes and tutelage of GLIAC, MIAA and NAIA coaches.

The highest-ranked player coming in was Cadillac’s versatile two-way junior Michael Holdship. An All-Lake Area D lineman, and standout running back, from the Vikings, he’s probably a Mike linebacker in the GLIAC and trending towards the MAC as Holdship ran 4.62 in the 40 at 6-0, 215. He was part of a strong contingent of Big North linebackers. Traverse City West junior Jack Mikula has an ideal frame at 6-2, 200 and didn’t just run well in the 40, 4.58 seconds, but showed game speed as he was smooth and closed well in pass coverage drills. Petoskey’s 5-11, 194 junior Brent Murray tested very well at the Lake Michigan Football Report Spring Combine in Grand Rapids, and looked good on the field here. The linebacker ran a 4.85 40 while showing the hands to make him a possible fullback at the next level. The Northmen were well-represented as 5-9, 160 defensive back Garrett Lundteigen had a 4.62 40 and 6-1, 240 sophomore Craig Ladd has some potential.

Another standout Big North defender, and just a sophomore, is TC Central defensive back John Pupel. 6-1, 180, he ran a 4.68 40 and 4.28 pro agility. His offensive counterpart as a promising 2017 receiver was Kody Burton, a 6-3, 165 sophomore from Bridgeport. Lanky and smooth more than a blazer, but did a good job high-pointing the ball.

The fastest 40-yard dash in TC belonged to Andre Jones, 4.55 seconds. Last fall he and Jon Green gave Reed City one of the Lake Area’s top rushing backfields regardless school size. Jones looks more than equipped to carry a larger load in 2015. In one-on-ones he repeatedly slipped behind defenders to pull in long throws. The top underclassman playmaker was Joshua Atwell, a 5-11, 170 sophomore from Grandville who had the fastest pro shuttle in camp, 4.15 seconds, and ran a 4.65 40. He makes plays as a kick returner, runner and receiver and looks capable of filling Brian Cappiello’s role with the Bulldogs as the finesse big-play complement to big back Nolan Meekhof, a top 10 senior in the Lake Area. The coaches really liked another Grandville sophomore at camp 6-1, 250 lineman Levi Seeley. Another outstanding playmaker was Jacob Mitrak, a 5-10, 186 junior who made the trip from L’anse Creuse North. He was quick in and out of routes and may project best as a slot receiver.

Of all the offensive linemen at camp, Harbor Springs’ 6-3, 265 junior Jacob Lechner may have had the most ideal frame. Add some strength and toughness to the mix and the GLIAC could come calling. A more compact, physical and finished 2016 line prospect was Nate Lay, a 6-0, 250 junior right out the Zeeland West run-block, two-way cloning booth. He and Lechner had a couple good standoffs in one-on-ones. 6-2, 285 Fremont junior Cameron Seitsma was another wide-body who still moved well and could have a future on either side as an interior lineman. Kingsley junior Jeffrey Pearson is an undersized center but really scrapped and showed surprising strength when he locked on.

After two overloaded QB classes, there are a dearth of college-tracked signal callers in the Lake Area’s 2016 class. That makes Traverse City St. Francis’ 6-2, 195 junior Joe Coates intriguing. He had the camp’s top time in the pro shuttle, 4.15 seconds. Less surprising than under center is finding a promising young player on the Gladiators’ offensive line, and there is such a candidate in 6-3, 280 sophomore Dominic Hathaway. He looked more comfortable at guard than tackle and was pretty consistent keeping his hands in and getting some punch. He took coaching well and applied it, and perhaps not coincidentally has a near 4.0 gpa.

At 5-9, 270, Sault Ste. Marie junior nose tackle and center Chase Bouscher looked the the UP’s answer to Mona Shores senior Tyler Tippens. His 17 reps of 225 pounds were four more than the next nearest, Skyler Dunckley a 5-11, 255 Travere City West junior.

Onekama’s Jonas LaMont, a 6-2, 190 junior, represented the small school ranks well, as he had the pass rush variety and polish more likely found at a Class A school. Another small school kid who has the goods to do it anywhere, running the ball, is Mancelona’s 5-8, 185 junior Chase Ritchie, who ran 4.69 seconds in the 40 and accelerated well after the catch.

Just like his two older brothers, Boyne City junior Tanner Kruzel is versatile, athletic and tough. He’s 6-1, 200 and ran a 4.7 40. A couple 2017 QBS who had their moments were Dillon Schwark, a lanky 6-3, 180 Harbor Springs soph, and Manistee newcomer Tai Allen who ran a 4.7 40 and showed a strong arm. He’s two inches and some consistent coaching away.

All-Camp Team
Offense
OL Levi Seeley  6-1  250  So  Grandville
OL Jacob Lechner  6-3  265  Jr  Harbor Springs
OL Dominic Hathaway  6-3  280  So  Traverse City St. Francis
OL Cameron Seitsma  6-2  285  Jr  Fremont
OL Jacob Cabinaw  6-1  265  Jr  Traverse City Central
QB Tai Allen  5-11  160  So  Manistee
RB Andre Jones  5-6  165  Jr  Reed City
RB Joshua Atwell  5-11  170  So  Grandville
TE Tanner Kruzel  6-0  200  Jr  Boyne City
WR Jacob Mitrak  5-10  186  Jr  L’anse Creuse North
WR Kody Burton  6-3  185  So  Bridgeport

Defense
DL Chase Bouscher  5-9  270  Jr  Sault Ste. Marie
DL Skyler Dunkley  5-11  255  Jr  Traverse City West
DL Nate Lay  6-0  250  Jr  Zeeland West
LB Michael Holdship  6-0  215  Jr  Cadillac
LB Jack Mikula  6-2  200  Jr  Traverse City West
LB Jonas LaMont  6-2  190  Jr  Onekama
LB Brent Murray  5-11  194  Jr  Petoskey
LB Alec Trautman  6-1  205  So  Elk Rapids
DB John Pupel  6-1  180  So  Traverse City Central
DB Jalen Raniga  5-11  170  So  Grandville
DB Garrett Lundteigan  5-9  180  Jr  Petoskey

LMFR All-Combine Team: Boyd, VanHoeven MVPs

Following the testing, the most compelling one-on-one matchup at the LMFR Spring Combine was found amidst the linemen, Mona Shores’ versatile 6-3, 285 junior defensive lineman Christian Boyd against Paw Paw’s 6-5, 302 guard Michael VanHoeven. Both are already physical and combative by nature and brought out the fire in each other, and went on to be named the top offensive and defensive prospects at the event. Boyd is a two-year stalwart on the line of the best teams in Mona Shores’ history. While he is something of an undersized defensive tackle, Boyd is explosive off the grass, had violent hands, second and third effort and uses that bubble butt to generate power.  VanHoeven is a two-time All-Wolverine Conference selection on the offensive line. He has an intriguing mix of technique and nasty, quickness in his space and a square frame and baby face that’s added 25 pounds since the combine a year ago. If he can show pulling speed at college camps this summer, expect the MAC offers to domino.
Defense
DL Christian Boyd  6-3  285  Jr  Muskegon Mona Shores  MVP
DL Brenden Bott  6-4  255  Jr  Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills
DL Taylor Woodryk  6-1  235  Jr  Hudsonville
LB Jamari Booker  6-0  175  Jr  East Kentwood
LB Brent Murray  5-11  194  Sr  Petoskey
LB Taylor VanDyke  6-3  195  Jr  Cedar Springs
LB Ethan Hart  6-0  198  So  Hastings
DB Tyler Bradfield  6-0  190  Jr  Rockford
DB Walker Christoffersen  5-9  165  So  Muskegon Catholic Central
DB Michael Williams  5-8  165  Jr  Wyoming
DB Luke Bakker  6-0  180  Jr  West Ottawa
Offense
OL Michael VanHoeven  6-5  302  Jr  Paw Paw  MVP
OL Alex Fowler  6-1  232  Jr  Greenville
OL Jake Boonstra  6-3  285  Jr  Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills
OL Mark Brooks  6-7  265  Jr  Portland
OL Josiah VanTil  6-3  235  So  Middleville
QB Jake Martin  6-0  180  Jr  Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern
RB Ian VanDenBerg  6-1  185  Jr  Paw Paw
RB LaTommy Scott  5-7  160  So  Muskegon Catholic Central
TE Sam Matthews  6-2  180  Jr  East Grand Rapids
WR Jacob Buchberger  6-1  196  Jr  Montague
WR Samuel Neville  6-3  190  So  Grand Rapids West Catholic

Exploder: Top Verticals and Power Toss from LMFR Combine

There’s a lot of crossover between the top performers in the vertical leap and power ball toss from The Lake’s spring combine. Two of the most versatile athletes at the combine were Ian VanDenBerg, a 6-1, 185 RB/WR from Paw Paw, and Muskegon Catholic Central sophomore Walker Christoffersen. VanDenBerg was second in both the vertical leap and power ball toss, after being mentioned previously for his 4.5 40 time. Wyoming junior Michael Williams had the top vertical leap, 35 1/2″ inches, after posting the fastest 40 time of 4.44 seconds.

Montague’s Jacob Buchberger will be a three-year, two-way starter for Montague who ran for 10 TDs in five games as a junior. Buchberger was in the top 10 in both as was another from a Divisoin 5 school, Grand Rapids West Catholic sophomore David Fox who was a two-way standout (and punter) for the state champions.

Brent Murray, a 5-11, 194 junior from Petoskey, had some monster games running the ball for the Northmen last fall. He was first in the power ball with a toss of 44 feet and third with a vertical leap of 34 3/4″. More powerful than quick so projects as a middle linebacker or fullback, but Murray did have his moments in pass coverage in one-on-one reps. Anthony Hum, an Alma sophomore, was one of the camp’s to underclassman performers, with a top 10 showing in both.

LMFR Combine Top 10 Standing Vertical Leap:

  • 35 1/2″ Michael Williams  5-8  165  Jr  WR/DB  Wyoming
  • 35″  Ian VanDenBerg  6-1  185  Jr  RB/WR  Paw Paw
  • 34 3/4″  Brent Murray  5-11  194  Jr  RB/LB  Petoskey
  • 33 1/3″  David Fox  6-1  201  So  DB/QB  Grand Rapids West Catholic
  • 33 1/2″  Walker Christoffersen  5-9  165  So  ATH  Muskegon Catholic Central
  • 33″  Christopher Chin  5-10  190  So  RB/LB  Byron Center
  • 32 3/4″ Sam Matthews  6-2  180  Jr  WR/TE  East Grand Rapids
  • 31 1/2″ Shane Foster  6-1  205  Jr  ATH  Gaylord
  • 31 3/4″  Anthony Humm  6-0  170  So  RB/DB  Alma
  • 31 1/2″ Jacob Buchberger  6-1  186  Jr  QB/WR  Montague
  • 31 1/2″  Jordan Gamage  5-11  165  Jr  Sterling Heights

LMFR Combine Top 10 Power Ball Toss:

  • 44’0  Brent Murray  5-11  194  Jr  RB/LB  Petoskey
  • 42’6  Ian VanDenBerg  6-1  185  Jr  RB/WR  Paw Paw
  • 41’2  Taylor Woodwyk  6-1  235  Jr  DL  Hudsonville
  • 39’5  Jacob Buchberger  6-1  185  Jr  QB/WR  Montague
  • 39’5  Jake Boonstra  6-3  285  Jr  OL  Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills
  • 39’4  Sam Matthews  6-2  180  Jr  WR/TE  East Grand Rapids
  • 39’0  Anthony Humm  6-0  170  So  RB/DB  Alma
  • 38’7  Clay Coltson  6-1  180  Jr  QB  Hastings
  • 38’5  David Fox  6-1  201  So  DB/QB  Grand Rapids West Catholic
  • 38’2  Bryce Henkey  6-0  180  RB/DB  East Grand Rapids

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LMFR Combine Top 40, Pro Agility performances

Wyoming junior Michael Williams, Paw Paw junior Ian VanDenBerg and Muskegon Catholic Central sophomore Walker Christoffersen dominated the speed, quickness and explosions portions of the 2015 Lake Michigan Football Report Combine. Williams, at 5-8, 165, had the top 40-yard dash time of 4.44 and highest vertical jump at 35 1/2 inches. The will just reload at Muskegon Catholic as Christoffersen, at 5-9, 165, had the fastest pro agility 3.98 seconds while running a 4.56 40 and jumpering 33 1/2″. What you liked about him, particularly as an underclassman, is that the quickness from the tests was still evident when doing it against a defender in drills. Christofferson’s teammate, running back heir apparent LaTommy Scott, was also in the top 10 in both the 40 and pro agility. Portage Central’s 5-11, 190 junior Brandon Sturgeon was also a top 10 performer in both. The most physically ready player and breakout prospect from this combine was VanDenBerg. He is Paw Paw’s school record holder in the 100 and 200 meters and showed not just the wheels but the ability to show hands on the fly in one-on-ones after running a 4.56 40 with a vertical jump of 35″. That latter was on display in drills with how he could adjust and make plays on the ball at a plane beyond the DBs. What separates him is that along with the speed VanDenBerg had the second-longest power ball toss of the combine, 42’6. Not just an “Underwear Olympics” guy, VDB had a legit junior season for Paw Paw, including a 99-yard TD run and a 94-yard kickoff return TD.

LMFR Combine Top 10 40-yd Dash:

  • 4.44 seconds Michael Williams  5-8  165  Jr  RB/DB  Wyoming
  • 4.56  Ian VandenBerg  6-1  185  Jr  RB/WR  Paw Paw
  • 4.56  Isaac Kozak  5-9  130  So  DB/WR  Rochester Stoney Creek
  • 4.60  Walker Christoffersen  5-9  165  So  ATH  Muskegon Catholic Central
  • 4.62  Jamari Booker  6-0  175  DB/LB  East Kentwood
  • 4.69  Tyler Bradfield  6-0  190  Jr  DB/RB  Rockford
  • 4.70  LaTommy Scott  5-7  170  So  RB  Muskegon Catholic Central
  • 4.71  Bryce Henkey  6-0  180  DB/RB  East Grand Rapids
  • 4.71  Brandon Sturgeon  5-11  190  Jr  ATH  Portage Central
  • 4.72  Jordan Gamage  5-11  165  Jr  DB  Sterling Heights

LMFR Combine Top 10 Pro Agility:

  • 3.98 seconds  Walker Christoffersen  5-9  165  So  ATH  Muskegon Catholic Central
  • 4.06  Jared Yarbrough  5-7  165  Jr  WR  Paw Paw
  • 4.25  Sam Matthews  6-2  180  Jr  WR/TE  East Grand Rapids
  • 4.29  Nolan Fugate  5-11  160  Fr  DB/QB  Grand Rapids Catholic Central
  • 4.31  Jacob Buchberger  6-1  186  Jr  QB/WR  Montague
  • 4.31  Evan Whitmore  6-3  187  Jr  ATH  Petoskey
  • 4.33  Joshua Atwell  5-11  179  So  RB/WR  Grandville
  • 4.33  LaTommy Scott  5-7  160  So  RB  Muskegon Catholic Central
  • 4.33  Nathan Manthey  5-8  156  Jr  Bangor
  • 4.33  Brandon Sturgeon  5-11  190  Jr  ATH  Portage Central
  • 4.33  Josh Lamphere  6-1  175  LB/TE  Dowagiac
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